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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published its much anticipated proposed hemp rule to support the 2018 Farm Bill. You can find the full text of the proposed rule in the Federal Register here. This is an important step towards the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) being able to issue licenses for the cultivation and processing of hemp in 2020.

The next step for NDA is to review the USDA rule and revise Nebraska’s draft regulations to ensure compliance with federal law. The Nebraska Hemp Program regulations to support the Nebraska Hemp Farming Act will go through a public comment period before becoming effective. NDA will also need to submit a state hemp plan for approval to the USDA by December 31, 2019. USDA will have 60 days to review the state hemp plan before either approving it as is or suggesting changes to comply with federal standards. We suggest hemp program inquiries wait until state regulations are ready for public comment. Stay tuned to our website to receive the most up to date information on the Nebraska Hemp Program.


2019 Pilot Program
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) received 176 applications for the 2019 growing season by the June 28, 2019 deadline. A listing of those that applied can be found HERE.

As such, NDA approved a limited number of applicants. A listing of the currently approved and signed licensing agreements can be found HERE.

We appreciate the vast interest in this new commodity and feel it promotes promise for the future of this crop in our state.


About the Hemp Program
LB657, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts, adopted the Nebraska Hemp Farming Act and amended existing statutes to establish a state hemp program within the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). The legislation gave NDA the authority to regulate the growing, harvesting and processing of hemp for research purposes in Nebraska under a licensing agreement until further action is taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To legally grow hemp in Nebraska, interested parties must receive a signed license agreement from NDA. Growing, handling and/or processing hemp without a signed license agreement from NDA is illegal in Nebraska.

Updated November 6, 2019